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Hi All,

I believe I've exhausted the posts covering ignition but I am still experiencing starting problems on my 1999

C2 coupe with tiptronic. Maybe someone here can provide further help. Shortly after I bought the car in January of this year the trouble starting it began occurring. I cleaned and lubricated the lock which seemed to make a difference for a moment, I bought a new switch which seemed to make a difference for a few days. Then recently I upgraded with a new ignition housing assembly from suncoast ( part #996 347 017 07 )

with the aid of R&R instructions from this forum. ( great instructions, btw ) And I had really hoped that that would cure it. However I am still stuck with a "getaway car" that won't start until I am almoast ready to give up trying ( same results with both keys I've got). Now I'm wondering if there might be a problem with the wiring in the plug connector or maybe the immobilizer or maybe the starter itself.

Any ideas...? If it is the starter I understand that it's tricky getting to, is there a link for it on RennTech?

I really would appreciate your help in solving this mystery. TxIA Oliver.

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So does the engine crank over or no?

Engine cranks over right away when the starter finally catches. It seems that outside temps make a difference, e.g. when I go to work early in the morning it's been pretty muggy in NE and warm the last few days (above 70*) and it might take a couple of tries turning the key to start the car. (and I'm off). Going back home in the afternoon has been a breeze. :rolleyes: When it's cooler out it takes longer. Sometimes it seems as though I need to hold the key in the "start" position as if the plunger on the starter solenoid would need to be energized to overcome some sort of resistance ( I'm speculating). Then again, maybe it's a wire problem, or could it be related to the communication between key and immobilizer ( assuming that's how that works/?)

Being stuck in the parking lot of my local supermarket failing to start my car is what I'm contending with. :angry:

(amongst other items...)

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